Department of Psychiatry SKIMS, GMC jointly carries out the Postgraduate Development Program in Psychiatry


Department of Psychiatry SKIMS, GMC jointly carries out the Postgraduate Development Program in Psychiatry


Published in August 21, 2022 | Author RK News



Srinagar, August 20: The 22nd Postgraduate Development Program in Psychiatry, under the auspices of the Indian Society of Psychiatry, North Zone, will be held on August 20-21 jointly by SKIMS Department of Psychiatry and Government Medical College, Srinagar.

The subject of the Postgraduate Development Program is “Bipolar Affective Disorders”. The event is attended by over 400 delegates, dignitaries and interns with over 350 online participants and 50 offline participants.

The opening program was led by Professor (Dr) Parvaiz A Kaul, director of SKIMS, who is the main sponsor of the event. He spoke about the paradigm shift in the diagnosis and management of mental disorders.

The programmer was also honored by Professor Irfan Robban and Professor Saima Rashid. Professor Irfan Robbani, Director of SKIMS Medical College, congratulated the Department of Psychiatry SKIMS Medical College and IHANS for organizing a Bipolar Affective Disorder Learning Briefing in the Valley. Professor Saima Rashid, Director of GMC Srinagar spoke about the importance of understanding mental disorders and their treatment in the current situation.

Bipolar disorders are a complex group of chronic and relapsing mental disorders that affect about 3% of the world’s population. It usually begins early in life and has an episodic course with frequent relapses. In 2019, 40 million people suffer from bipolar disorders.

The association of bipolar disorder with creativity, professional achievement, and political organizational leadership is well documented. However, many affected individuals have substantial disease-related disability, reduced psychosocial functioning, and increased economic costs.

The disorder is associated with a loss of approx. 10-20 potential years of life, and BPAD is the leading cause of disability in youth. Bipolar disorder leads to cognitive and functional impairment and increased mortality, particularly from self-harm and cardiovascular disease, highlighting the importance of evaluating not only psychiatric but also non-psychiatric medical comorbidities in these patients.

Early and accurate diagnosis is difficult in clinical practice as the onset of bipolar disorder is commonly characterized by nonspecific symptoms such as mood lability or a depressive episode that may be similar in presentation to unipolar disorders. Furthermore, patients and their families do not always understand the meaning of their manic or hypomanic symptoms.

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